Atiku blasts Jonathan over terrorism war

Atiku blasts Jonathan over terrorism war

Friday, September 19, 2014 3:25 pm

Nigerian presidential hopeful Atiku Abubakar on Friday derided Goodluck Jonathan’s record on security, vowing that Boko Haram could be crushed easily if politicians chose to do so.

Abubakar, who was vice president under Olusegun Obasanjo from 1999 to 2007, is looking to win the presidential ticket for the main opposition All Progressives Congress (APC) at next year’s vote.

In an interview, he accused Jonathan and his ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) of lacking the political will to end the insurgency, which has killed thousands since 2009.

Atiku Abubakar: derides Jonathan's record on security

Atiku Abubakar: derides Jonathan’s record on security

“This insurgency shouldn’t have lasted even six months,” he told AFP in Abuja and recalled sectarian religious violence in the northeast state of Yobe during his time in office.

“Within weeks we crushed it because we did not neglect military training and, of course, we did not lack the leadership and the capacity to take decisions,” he added.

Nigeria’s army has in recent days claimed a number of successes against the militants, who have seized towns and villages across the far northeast in their quest for a hardline Islamic state.

The apparent military gains came after top brass admitted that Boko Haram’s land grab threatened the nation’s sovereignty and multiple reports that the militants had overrun soldiers.

Abubakar has long harboured ambitions for Nigeria’s top job but fell out of favour with Obasanjo towards the end of their tenure and defected to an opposition party to contest the 2007 election.

He later rejoined the PDP fold but lost out to Jonathan for the 2011 presidential ticket and again defected last year, joining the APC.

Abubakar claimed he had been proved right about Jonathan, with few visible improvements in tackling corruption, poor governance and accountability in addition to the worsening security situation.

“I told Nigerians that he (Jonathan) did not have the capacity, he didn’t have the experience. He didn’t have anything and yet they gave him the chance, the opportunity,” he added.

“And they can now see the chance and the opportunity they gave him. Of course I’m more experienced than he is. I believe my capacity cannot be compare with his, in all respect.”

Jonathan is widely expected to stand for a second, four-year term and this week PDP state governors and the party’s national executive committee endorsed him as their only candidate.

Abubakar is likely to come up against a number of formidable opponents for the APC ticket.

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  • sir Oscie says:

    Any crisis that lasts more than 6 months in any country is been sponsored by government for political reasons.(Gen. Abacha)
    Who will gain if no elections holds in the 3 northern state while the insurgents are almost in total control of, The government. Who will gain if there is tenure elongation as a result of the insurgency in the country, The government too. So what are we saying?
    It took small Cameroon less than 48 hours to rescue the wife of there PM but the self acclaimed giant of Africa has been unable to rescue over 200 young school girls captured by the insurgents after almost 160 days and it took a young girl from Pakistan Malala to get the Gej -led government to see the parents of this kidnapped girls and you tell the FG is not in the know of what is truly happening?
    we will only move forward if we tell ourselves the truth and charge the FG who has our mandate to be accountable to us and stop toiling with the lives of the masses, If not we will have a very long way to go.
    Why are we attacking Atiku for saying the truth when is there for all to see but some of us has refused to see simply for the gains from the administration.
    May God help us all and give us the grace to say the truth even in the hardest of time

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